posted on Nov, 29 2013 @ 09:31 AM
You need an intake of tryptophan to make serotonin in your brain (a feel-good chemical) but you need a bit of a surplus of it to make melatonin, the
The trouble is, in a meal with mixed amino acid content, they all have to get through the blood-brain barrier and others will too including the 'wake
up' and 'repair' amino acids.
Yes, there's a lot of tryptophan in a turkey dinner but the carbohydrate load is far more psychoactive leading to sleepiness. I notice that the
older I get (or the more sleep deprived when younger), the more carbs make me sleepy, especially in the mid afternoon time frame and when caffeine
levels are low. Caffeine blocks the melatonin sleepy effect quite nicely, which is why the entire world is addicted to it.
If you're having trouble sleeping regularly, I recommend trying 5-HTP; it's chemically closer to serotonin and works very well to raise serotonin
levels in the brain; the side effect is, it's a slight but effective anti-depressant without any side effects like the commercial antidepressant crap
they try to sell us.